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Absentee ballots still give GOP newcomer the win in Smithtown council race

Absentee and affidavit ballots opened Monday confirm that

Absentee and affidavit ballots opened Monday confirm that Lisa M. Inzerillo, right, defeated Councilman Robert J. Creighton in Smithtown's Republican primary for town council on Sept. 10. Photo Credit: Audrey C. Tiernan / Richard T. Slattery

Absentee and affidavit ballots opened Monday confirm that Lisa M. Inzerillo defeated Councilman Robert J. Creighton in Smithtown's Republican primary for town council on Sept. 10.

The updated, unofficial vote totals Tuesday showed that Inzerillo earned 1,391 votes -- 80 more than Creighton's 1,311 votes, according to Nick LaLota, Republican commissioner of the Suffolk County Board of Elections. Councilman Edward Wehrheim remained the top vote-earner, with 1,837 votes, results showed.

The Board of Elections plans to certify the election results by the end of the week, LaLota said.

In an interview Tuesday, Creighton said he plans to continue running on Conservative, Independence and Reform Party lines and was confident that he could win.

"I think I have the experience and the integrity to win, and I'm going to run, and I'm going to run as hard as I can," he said.

Inzerillo, who has never held public office, said in an emailed statement Tuesday that she was "grateful and humbled to represent the party on the Republican ticket" for the town council race in November.

"It is time for the Smithtown Republican party to unite once again, and I will represent the people of Smithtown with integrity," she said, adding that she planned to continue meeting with residents and business owners to hear their concerns and discuss her ideas.

"It is my hope that Bob Creighton, as [a] registered Republican, will support the Republican ticket chosen by the people," she said.

Wehrheim said he was disappointed in the unofficial election results, but planned to support Creighton's run on the three other lines.

"I have an excellent working relationship with Councilman Creighton," Wehrheim said. "I believe he's a consummate professional when it comes to his working duties."

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